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asis80 11-14-2007 03:11 PM

Ah! It was a sunny day and this is what happened!
 
I finally got everything right and got my first acceptance! Thank you all for your help in my previous post *eh it was cloudy but it was worth the shot* Apparently i learned quick haha about composition and balance. I kept on getting hit on it for sharpening but im viewing everything on a fuzzy CRT so i OVER compensate in post processing. Same with saturation, got hit a lot on that, so it was more of hit and miss. Need to save up for LCD!#!@#!@ here it is....

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=211789


thanks again guys!

JRMDC 11-14-2007 03:46 PM

Congrats, Ben!

I have a few Brownsville area shots; I grew up in Washington, PA and made some trips back there a few years ago. If interested, go through the link below and poke around.

Janusz

Rich K 11-14-2007 04:10 PM

Congratulations!

My family is from Grindstone Pennsylvania which is a little community near Brownsville. I live in Ohio, and most of my kinfolk back there either moved away or passed on, but I would love to get back there again with my camera and do some railfanning in that part of the state.

Do they still street run trains in West Brownsville?

asis80 11-14-2007 04:26 PM

Hey thanks guys! Janusz, i live just outside of washington in Scenery Hill out on 40. I work for UPS in washington so I'm always in and out of washington 6 days a week. Rich, my grandmother lives near grindstone in republic. Over by redstone candy factory. And yes they still do run street in west brownsville. In fact I just missed this one coming off the street, was hoping to catch him but I was too far away when I heard his clearance to go ahead and roll south. So I zoomed down river and caught him here. It is a lovely place to railfan indeed, lots of traffic. If you wish go to california university of pa, there's a public place for students who don't have parking passes you can sit there, it's all NS. And from brownsville (other side from west brownsville) you can go to the Newell CSX yard, there's even a visitors center there I believe you can sit there and watch em roll by. There's really no local stuff there tho, it's basically just a crew change yard. And even further north along the river in Monongahela PA (Follow route 88 north through charleroi) there's a place called the "Aquatorium", free public parking, its like a park on the river. Most people park their cars there and eat lunch. RIGHT next to the tracks but you gotta hit it early because the sun will be on the wrong side of the tracks if you get there afternoonish. My suggestion would be for mon river railfanning would be hit that first, head south to cal, then go to west brownsville. Thank you again guys!

Ween 11-14-2007 04:40 PM

[photoid=211789]

Yep, looks pretty good...even with a square-ish cropping...

asis80 11-14-2007 04:47 PM

haha, i kept on getting hit with bad cropping too, so i experimented. Thanks ween!

NSFan14 11-14-2007 05:07 PM

Very neat photo. Glad you got your first acceptance!

JRMDC 11-14-2007 05:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by asis80
Hey thanks guys! Janusz, i live just outside of washington in Scenery Hill out on 40. I work for UPS in washington so I'm always in and out of washington 6 days a week.

OK, let's see some of the AVR in WashPA! I think there is one Wade Massie shot and that is it. Trolley museum shots are plentiful.

[photoid=93075]

asis80 11-14-2007 05:32 PM

I've seen the local maybe 3 times that I can remember. Didn't have a camera then, wasn't really into photography. Now that i have a camera and have it with me I never see it! lol. If it's a late service, I'm at work (night shifts, bah). The trolley museum is right next to the center i work out of. When the fair comes back next summer i'll be sure to get some trolley action tho.

Rich K 11-14-2007 06:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by asis80
Rich, my grandmother lives near grindstone in republic. Over by redstone candy factory.

Man, you have unleashed a torrent of fond memories for me! My mom and dad went to school way back when (they are 86 years old now) in Republic. Redstone candy was a part of every Christmas when I was a kid (57 now).

Thanks for all the pointers regarding railfanning that area. I am hopng to get out that way next spring/summer, not just to railfan but to see Grindstone and all that was part of my youth.

dodi4200 11-14-2007 06:50 PM

Nice catch! I like it alot.Congratulations on the first acceptence and keep up the great work.

trainboysd40 11-14-2007 07:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ween
[photoid=211789]

Yep, looks pretty good...even with a square-ish cropping...

Personally, I've never had a problem with aspect ratio and I have trouble seeing why people do, unless it's very extreme.
Incidentally, I'm listening to Ween as I type!

asis80 11-14-2007 07:15 PM

:-) thanks guys

Andrew Blaszczyk (2) 11-14-2007 07:38 PM

Congrats on the first acceptance! The rest are all cake. ;-) Just a word of advice, for shots at this angle I would try to include the as much of the train towards the rear of the image as possible. If there are trees or buildings that obscure your view just include it as a natural frame so the train does not look "cut off". Congrats again!

JRMDC 11-14-2007 07:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by trainboysd40
Personally, I've never had a problem with aspect ratio and I have trouble seeing why people do, unless it's very extreme.
Incidentally, I'm listening to Ween as I type!

I like square-ish pictures also, but RP generally does not, and I am surprised to see a 7:8 shot get in. I generally limit myself to 4:5 because I have believed that RP would reject anything more square. Bravo, RP, more!

asis80 11-14-2007 07:44 PM

thanks man! Shifting a bit to the right would have helped, really helped. He was about 200 yards away moving at track speed (45-50) and i just had got to this spot, still buckled in my car, in drive, camera in bag. Really had no time to really make it "perfect" but I tried to get it as close to the composition I wanted and it worked :-) thanks again!


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